Jonathan Rea says he will race on at Miller Motorsports Park despite suffering a nasty high-side that has left him with a sore neck and chest.
The Northern Irishman was in contention fro pole position as he disputed the final Superpole phase when he lost control of the Ten Kate Honda, the bike spitting Rea off and grazing him as it catapulted down the circuit.
Leaving him with tyre burns on his neck and chest, Rea was disappointed with the outcome of the session, but pleased to have avoided more serious injury.
“I was getting massive chatter from the rear when we put the qualifier in, so we changed the bike a little bit for Superpole 3,” said Rea, who will start seventh. “I went out on a slightly used qualifier but the rear just chattered its way round to a highside and I went over the bars.
“The tyre had the last word on my neck and chest, too, which is a little sore but I'll be OK for tomorrow. I guess the second row is not too bad and we're fairly confident that the race set up will be good right the way through the 21 laps.
“As long as I can get away well at the start, I'll be hoping to have something to say about the finish.”
Rea wasn't the only rider to suffer a tumble during the session, with Jakub Smrz, Troy Corser and Tom Sykes all coming off their respective bikes.